penelope3Can a silent film be 2011’s crowning cinematic achievement?  Although the Oscar nominations have yet to be announced, it’s easy to see that the highly praised silent film The Artist is the frontrunner for Best Picture.  The recipient of six Golden Globe nods, The Artist was named Best Film by The Boston Society of Film Critics, The New York Film Critics Online, The Phoenix Film Critics Society, The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, and The Washington Area Film Critics Association.

It’s also great to see Penelope Ann Miller, who started off her career doing such high profile work in Kindergarten Cop, The Freshman, Year of the Comet (a guilty pleasure), and Carlito’s Way, back on the screen in a big way.  Speaking of Miller, click on the media bar and listen to the actress give her thoughts on why movie fans have been “craving” for a film like The Artist

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Are there any real competitors to slow down The Artist’s momentum?  The Descendants?  The Help? The pickings are slim, so my money’s on The Artist to be Best Picture winner at the Globes and the Academy Awards.

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